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Communication key to CIO success; security and the Sony hack

CIOs are expected to speak the language of both IT and business fluently, but does that make them expert communicators? According to CIOs from Johnson & Johnson, Starwood Hotels, Southern Company and Walmart, being a good speaker may be the most important factor in an IT leader’s success.

What does a Hollywood movie have to do with a real-life criminal hacking? Associate Editor Francesca Sales discusses the link between the upcoming film The Interview, the Sony breach and the North Korean government, both in today’s Searchlight column and in her IT Compliance Advisor news round-up. Also in Advisor: More U.S. law schools offer compliance-centric programs and Security startups attract more investor funds.

What’s your company’s innovation identity? Daniel Ostrower, CEO at product design and consulting company Altitude Inc., discusses innovative projects and his three decision-making archetypes – data-driven, consensus-driven and vision-driven — in the latest Data Mill.

Learn all you need to know on mastering multichannel customer engagement, plus more on TechTarget’s 2014 IT Salary Survey and preparing for the Internet of Things (IoT), in this month’s issue of CIO Decisions ezine. Thinking of jumpstarting your own multichannel engagement strategy? Before you do, read this #CIOChat recap to learn the requirements and challenges that come with cross-channel engagement.

Have you kept up with the latest best practices and strategies that can help spur business transformation? Take a fresh look at enterprise project and portfolio management (PPM) with SearchCIO’s latest Essential Guide, which also includes advice geared at startups.

Recruiting the best people to help you run your IT business can be challenging. Sometimes, it’s best to hire like a startup company — a specific, very successful startup company, according to Features Writer Kristen Lee, who gathered tips from Paydiant founder Chris Gardner on hiring the right people for the right jobs.

Discovering what makes you stand out in the IT/business world can make all the difference to a CIO career. Walmart Asia CIO Fumbi Chima discusses finding your unique value and being a “student of innovation” in this TotalCIO blog post.

Are active cyberdefense strategies smart or reckless? In these SearchCompliance #GRCChat recaps, Twitter participants and site editors weigh the pros and cons of hacking back and provide examples, advice and cautions of active cyberdefense strategies.

Given the increase in high-profile data breaches, companies are seeing the value in a good information security strategy more than ever. In this video interview, Jason Smolanoff, vice president at Stroz Friedberg, discusses the danger of insufficient internal security governance and data protection best practices.

Finally; It’s almost time for our end-of-the-year Twitter chats! Join SearchCIO editors and fellow tweeters Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. EST for the last #CIOChat of the year to look back on 2014 and share IT predictions for next year. And join SearchCompliance editors and Twitter followers in the #GRCChat on 2015 compliance, governance and risk management trends the following day, Thursday, Dec. 18, at 12 p.m. EST. See you there!

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